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Lawmakers' meeting to discuss Jindal tax plan canceled

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A meeting of the House Ways and Means committee to review Governor Bobby Jindal's tax proposal was canceled Wednesday, igniting rumors that the plan may be on its way out the door. 

Jindal is proposing a plan that would eliminate personal and corporate income tax in the state.

Lawmakers will take up the proposal at this year's Legislative session which begins Monday in Baton Rouge.

According to Glen Duncan, a representative for Speaker of the House Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, the House Ways and Means meeting was canceled as the result of a joint agreement between Kleckley and committee chairman, Rep. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette.

Duncan said the two mutually agreed that more information about the plan's fiscal impact is needed before the committee continues discussions on the measure.

Duncan said the Legislature will begin reviewing member bills first while they wait for a report from the Louisiana Fiscal Office that would assess the Jindal plan's fiscal impact.

Kleckley told the Associated Press that there have been "many confusing and conflicting stories on the numbers." The speaker said the House Ways and Means Committee won't take action on Jindal's tax package until it gets the analysis of the Legislative Fiscal Office.

Rep. Mike Danahay, D-Sulphur, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, said he was notified Tuesday of the committee meeting's cancellation.

He said members need more time to mull the proposal.

"It's such a complex plan. We need time to digest it and it needs review," Danahay said. "It has given a lot of legislators pause that maybe we shouldn't be so quick. We can't put the state in a negative revenue position in the future. We have to make sure we are dead-on with something like this."

Jindal spoke to the Rotary Club of Alexandria on Wednesday, touting his proposal.

"We have a tax code that is complex, unstable and unfair because it's filled with over 460 loopholes that protect special interests. The tax code is stifling more economic growth and holding back many Louisianians from finding a good-paying job," Jindal said.

Jindal was in Lake Charles on Monday, speaking on the plan. You can read that coverage HERE.

Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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